Modelling Galaxy Merger Timescales and Tidal Destruction [GA]

We present a model for the dynamical evolution of subhaloes based on an approach combining numerical and analytical methods. Our method is based on tracking subhaloes in an N-body simulation up to the last point that it can be resolved, and applying an analytic prescription for its merger timescale that takes dynamical friction and tidal disruption into account. When applied to cosmological N-body simulations with mass resolutions that differ by two orders of magnitude, the technique produces halo occupation distributions that agree to within 3%.

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V. Simha and S. Cole
Mon, 3 Oct 16

Comments: Submitted to MNRAS